Autism & Intimacy Web Classes
Our Next 12-Week Skills Class starts March 3rd, 2020
We teach Intimacy through a Neurodiverse Lens....
Those of us who are on the autism spectrum struggle to understand social and sexual cues as well as non-verbal communication. Many of us experience sensory seeking behavior to cope with our sensory sensitivities, along with Theory of Mind deficits (struggling to see others' perspectives). At times, our rigidity and overwhelm can get the best of us and can cause friction in our most intimate relationships.
Many individuals on the spectrum desire relationships, connection, and intimacy but often don't know how to connect or verbalize their feelings. Most adults on the autism spectrum have learned to socially camouflage their behavior and mimic typical individuals to fit in, which can feel exhausting. Sex is often confusing and scary due to not understanding the subtle nuances that are part of sexual intimacy. Some autistic adults tend to hyper-focus on the internet including viewing pornography as a means of sensory seeking behavior to manage their sensory overload, emotional dysregulation and curiosity. Most adults on the autism spectrum want to learn how to have healthy, intimate relationships with their partner or if they are single, with a future partner.
As an autistic female, I have designed a state of the art curriculum to help autistic adults learn tools for having healthy, appropriate, and fulfilling relationships.
Our Next 12-Week Autism and Intimacy Web-Based Class starts March 3rd!
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. MDT
Cost: $40 per class; paid per month
Facilitated by: Candice Christiansen, LCMHC, CSAT-S, Autism Specialist, Founder of NCH/TGPP
RSVP: 801-272-3500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Have questions? Email Candice at email@example.com
Note: Starting the second week in February we will also have an on-going Monday in person/web class (separate from the current 12-week Monday class that is finishing up); however this class is by invitation only. This class is an advanced class for individuals who have already taken the 12-week class.
Note: These classes are for men who know they are on the autism spectrum; it is not appropriate for individuals who are wondering or unsure if they are on the spectrum. Also, Candice provides foundational information about autism spectrum traits during the first 6 classes to help men understand how their autism spectrum traits impact communication, connection and intimacy.
- Communication and connection including how to manage staring, recognize non-verbal communication, practice reciprocity, and more!
- Identifying Sensory Sensitivities and learning about health stems and adaptive sensory seeking behavior
- Autistic Burnout and the importance of developing self care rituals to function optimally
- Theory of Mind (e.g., Cognitive Empathy): What It Is, How It Impacts One's Social Interactions and Perceptions
- Alexithymia: Emotions Identification and Regulation
- Sex & intimacy 101; where did men learn about their genitals and sex; did they experience shame stories?
- Understanding myths around sex and realities; what is consent, sexual boundaries, how to be vulnerable when it's uncomfortable in all ways, etc.
- Autistic strengths; this is a theme throughout
We encourage men in our classes to share what they are learning with their partners or spouses to support cooperative learning and increase connection.